Or do they? I often wonder about that. Do we just give lip service to the importance of kids and the importance of education, or do we really care? Frankly, the way we fund services for children. . . education. . . help for families in poverty. . . . would suggest that kids don't count for much.
But if you think that kids do count, then you might want to look at the Kids Count Data Book 2009.
Kids Count National Data Book (you can get to all 50 states here)
Kids Count Michigan Data Book (drill down to the county, city, or community level if you like)
Kids Count in Michigan is a collaboration of the Michigan League for Human Services and Michigan’s Children.